MAF Careers UAE – Category Specialist

Majid Al Futtaim

Role Purpose:

The role of the Category Specialist will support in administering procurement activities for all operating countries and all MAF OpCos. This role will implement the sourcing strategy, run tenders/negotiations, and execute contracts, which includes identifying OpCo needs, drafting solicitations, executing procurements, managing and leading the state evaluation process etc. The specialist might need some level of supervision from the Category Manager or Sr. Specialist.

Role Details – Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Support the strategic roadmap and annual budget for their category in association with the Category Head
  • Identifying, gathering, analyzing and summarizing purchase requirements and demand, preparation of sourcing strategies and complex sourcing processes
  • Supporting the creation & implementation of sourcing strategies in compliance with the legal, internal policies, good practices and business goals
  • Manage sourcing activities for new project development and achieving agreed milestones and key development timelines
  • Provide on-going oversight of cost reduction based on technical and commercial intelligence improving the cost
  • Manage price negotiation and finalization for commercial supply agreements / contracts and letters of intent in close alignment with procurement services
  • Map, analyze and interpret data on current spend patterns, identifying cost drivers and opportunities
  • Analyze supplier offers and quantify total costs of ownership (TCO)
  • Develop and manage supplier relationships including supplier performance
  • Regular reporting of sourcing/negotiation strategies and outcome, sourcing recommendation and benefits
  • Actively participating in improvement of procurement processes and governance
  • Conduct regular market analysis and benchmarking exercises, identifying market trends and monitoring related developments.
  • Working closely with the Procurement Category Leads on fulfilling the individual Category Plans

Job Dimension – (E.g. Revenue & Budget size, Sales Volume etc.)

Executing and managing RFx (tender, proposals, quotations, e-auctions, negotiations, RFIs, EOIs) from 100,000 AED to 2,500,000 AED

Other Context (if applicable):

Role is essential for the transformation journey of GS Procurement and delivering the day to day category sourcing operations

Functional/Technical Competencies:

  • Communication: Strong verbal and written communication skills to determine product needs and to create constructive relationships with vendors.
  • Project management: Be able to multiple projects at one time. The ability to plan, delegate and evaluate progress toward goals is necessary for managing these projects.
  • Negotiation: Negotiating vendor contracts and strong understanding price points and be able to negotiate effectively.
  • Problem-solving: Ability to resolve issues of a product or service that don’t meet the quality standards or does not meet business objectives of the respective OpCo.
  • Operational experience in working on SAP Ariba, e-Rfx and digital skills

Personal Characteristics and Required Background:

Skillset (job specific technical skills and behavioral competencies needed)

  • Working knowledge of Procurement and Contract Management related software a plus.
  • In-depth understanding and practiced best-in-class procurement processes, systems and practices
  • Knowledge of contract terms and conditions and in country laws and regulations
  • Must be capable of assessing legal and business risk when making decisions concerning contractual commitments.
  • Customer focused & takes time to understand the needs of the business
  • Partnering, influencing and negotiation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Minimum experience

  • Min 1 year of experience in a related/similar senior Procurement position
  • Min 2 years of overall experience in Procurement
  • Preferred experience in a large indirect and direct Procurement organization dealing with multiple contract types covering HC, Professional Services, Software, Marketing, Finance, Real Estate, and Engineering.
  • Experience in Procurement sourcing and oversight for all procurement RFX process for smooth delivery of operations to procurement category managers

Minimum Qualifications/education

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, finance, or in a related field, based on the categories managed and a professional Procurement qualification (e.g. MCIPS).
  • Fluency in English and Arabic (Optional)

Job Details:

Company: Majid Al Futtaim

Job Type: Full Time

Job Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates



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